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@snoozulooz "they can do the same or as much as their counterparts". Beli can shoot like Green. he's a good defensive player against a team that doesn't count on athleticism. Mavs were a horrible small backcourt matchup, same with Thunder. he played better vs. Portland and played well as the 3rd SG off the bench vs. the Heat on both ends of the floor.
10 months ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2014-articles/the-spurs-gave-the-world-what-they-wanted.html
@andres783 very hard to do that when they're playing man defense or 2 vs 2 on the pick and rolls. Dallas is looking to kill ball movement to the shooters, that's why they're staying up on them. notice this game (if the games are going like they have) that it's a pure man defense by the Mavs. even if the Spurs try to get mismatches on picks or any type (like Leonard vs. Ellis in the post), the Mavs aren't double and daring them to beat them 1 on 1 to not give San Antonio ball movement or open 3's.
11 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2014-articles/do-the-spurs-need-to-change-the-starting-lineup.html
@ReganRahardja1 they have more of an offense, but that's primarily what the Mavs are forcing them to use. They're playing up on Kawhi/Green and whatever big is not setting a pick. it's basically 2 on 2 when SA is on offense. only way you can stop that is if you have everyone moving on offense and setting back picks, but even then they'll probably stay playing man and try to let them score 1 on 1 w/ no ball movement. A great example is Kawhi posting up Ellis. the Mavs aren't really fighting the play, just hoping he doesn't make the basket. their mission is to kill ball movement.
@alamoaggie08 where are we "losing hope"? it's what Spurs fans are saying about Duncan's struggles and the close games the Spurs are having unless you're talking about the "we're going to lose all the rest of the games" which is sarcasm. there wasn't any negativity toward the team from both of us that they're bad.
1 year, 5 months ago on Spurscast #308: Surprises, Fashion Faux Pas, and Evaluating the Spurs
@gruelingslate if it was made out of chocolate, he'd eat the bar too.
1 year, 6 months ago on Coach Pop praises new Spur Jeff Ayers
@JohnAbney btw Nando is only earning $1.4 million, that's the bi-annual exception amount. the "mini MLE" would be half the MLE and that's only new this year.
1 year, 9 months ago on REPORT: Spurs reach deal with Belinelli
@JohnAbney ok where are you getting your salary cap info from? 58-41 is 17, so i don't know where you get 19 out of that.
Spurs don't get a "mini MLE" because they were never over the luxury tax nor repeat offenders, this is the first time under the new CBA that's going to be enforced anyway.
the MLE is for teams who don't have salary cap room or have less than the MLE to use. why would the NBA give a team the MLE if they have significant salary cap space? that makes no sense and never has been the case under any CBA.
the Spurs WOULD HAVE been under the cap by $17 mill (or $19 mill wherever you got that) if they renounced Manu/TS's rights but they chose to keep their rights and sign them to deals (the exceptions). so basically, the Spurs signed them before teams can sign free agents and they were never free agents. the Spurs go into July 7 as needing the MLE and that's where this signing comes from.
@JohnAbney yes it has. the Spurs would've had $17 million free, but with Splitter/Manu (that's $16 million) together the team opted to take the exceptions and not the cap space.
in other words, the team chose to get the MLE by keeping their own players with the exception because they were under the cap but had less than the MLE.
if the Spurs would've kept the salary cap space, they wouldn't have had enough to sign Belinelli and you can't keep exceptions and cap space. it's either or. we used the bi-annual last year for Nando.
@spursfan80 not sure what the MLE is around, but looks like SA used half of it. still got around $2.5-3 million left for another FA
@koshwayne have you seen the Spurs' cap situation next season? depending if Diaw opts out next season and Bonner only has $1 million guaranteed, the team might have a bit of cap room to bring in someone relevant if they wanted to. Neal might come back if another team doesn't offer him more than he's worth (count on that if they win a title) or if he likes the Spurs so much he'd turn down million elsewhere (don't count on that). only reason he'd realistically be back is because the Spurs would still have Cory Joseph under contract and he's been playing PG off the bench to handle the rock because Neal can't.
lots of fans think Neal and Splitter will be back "at any price", but look at the payroll and how much each of the Big 3 will be earning and how much teams may throw at those guys in the market. the Spurs know well enough not to overpay role players because the system has been working with difference pieces. IF the Spurs are interested in Jack, who can actually play PG and has been clutch for GSW, they'll definitely be looking to pay him instead of overpaying Mills. if the Spurs were confident in bringing Neal back, they wouldn't be looking at another PG with Joseph solidifying his name for the bench next season.
1 year, 11 months ago on Spurs keeping Warriors' Jack on their radar
@koshwayne Neal was signed for that price because he was virtually unknown overseas. teams know he can shoot the rock in tough situations even though he can't dribble. he's not coming back for anything close to that price tag.
@Chris32 18.8ppg and 7apg so far this postseason. this guy is an actual backup PG, Neal is an undersized SG. you don't want Neal handling the ball, especially if Manu isn't on the court with him off the bench.
@Emicris that's why i meant Manu's return wasn't set in stone to returning to the team, not implying he'd go to another team even though it's possible. if he wins a championship this season, we might see him or others decide to hang them up instead of trying to repeat.
@ChrisCano that could be the problem. the Spurs because the Spurs do have depth. Parker/Duncan/Ginobili (especially being limited to 20mpg or so) haven't played that much and now take a week off from competition while either the Nuggets/Warriors are going to play every other day until Monday and stay in groove. it might not help the Warriors because they're banged up, but the Nuggets are pretty healthy with the team they've had on the floor during the posteason. the Spurs do need the time off especially Parker, but that won't guarantee that they won't be rusty since the team doesn't play aggressive during practice to lessen the chance of injuries.
1 year, 11 months ago on Long wait may help or rust Spurs
@RG8907 by banged up, i did mean to the playoff roster not counting Gallinari. if i was counting Gallo, i would've said depleted or something of the court. they're still a good team w/o Gallo
@MySDClippers many people also see the Spurs as boring, even though they're one of the most exciting high scoring teams in the league. how people view them means nothing compared to what they actually bring. the Spurs are a tough team and you saw it last night when Duncan dominated the paint and Parker got roughed up and got up. Chris Paul was the polar opposite by complaining about calls like the non-travel from Tim Duncan and the supposed foul when he tried to flop against Parker on the last shot. dude was even complaining to the refs after the game and pouting in the locker room.
2 years ago on Clippers' Griffin, Paul confident vs. Spurs despite loss
@jojo707 i'm not here to "expect the best", i'm here to write about it in about the most unbias manner as i can. if you don't agree, you don't fall under "some" because "some" doesn't mean 100% of the fan base.
2 years ago on The week ahead will test Spurs' mettle
@CraigThomas we're at 33.1 defensive rebounds per game, which would be 2nd in the league after Golden State.
the reason San Antonio is ranked low in rebounds is because we're at a low 7.9rpg on the offensive end (dead last in offensive rebound ranking).
we're really a good rebounding team where it counts. the reason we rebound less on the offensive end is because we're shooting better and scoring more than most teams. if we missed more shots, more offensive rebounds would be had. our bigs and rebounders are playing solid right now.
2 years, 1 month ago on Spurs interested in Redick?
@DoyleSmith a Lakers fan messaging on a Spurs site about writing about the Lakers? btw Stephen A Smith talked about this and Twitter blew up on this, you blaming them too?
guess you like the attention, you should worry about your team not making the playoffs first :)
2 years, 1 month ago on Pop curses, drops F-Bombs on Dwight Howard during All-Star Game
@JohanBeijer yes everyone's going to want him, but for how much? max money? max years? if he can't co-exist with the Lakers, who have the most talented starters in the league then who is going to try to realistically sign him with a bad back and shoulder? no one's saying no one will want him, teams will want him but they're going to be weary of him and so will the coaches.
his stock is definitely hurt.
@templestark we appreciate your comment we know that run on sentences can be a pane and choosing incorrect words four an article is vary important but glad you got the gist of it since i dont know where my thoughts were incomplete or what flavor its supposed to have but i feel you're pain because i hate run on sentences too.
@Spursfan66 @TimJackson sorry, that wasn't for you Spursfan66, it was a comment for TimJackson who said Splitter wasn't going anywhere. that's a statement of "we're gonna lock Tiago up by any means necessary". i seriously doubt he's worth anything close to $9 million
2 years, 3 months ago on Oden in a Spurs jersey a possibility
@Spursfan66 @sonyvaiolink @DifferentVSTheSame the Spurs keep a roster spot open for the year, that's why i say there's no room. very rarely does the team use it in case we need a special type of player to fit in for injury over having a full team and having to adjust in some way.
@Spursfan66 @sonyvaiolink @DifferentVSTheSame we're at $70 mill right now, under the luxury tax. with Baynes, we won't have a roster spot for him. next year, we'll have Duncan, Diaw, Baynes, Bonner, and Splitter if you keep him (expecting Blair waived or traded). you'd have way too many bigs committed to not enough playing time. TD, Diaw are automatic for minutes. you overpay Splitter you have to pay him. no one wants Bonner so he'd be at the back end and you'd have to do ur due diligence to Baynes for signing for a multi year deal at the veteran minimum.
btw next year we're well under the cap, so that's not even a factor either.
@TimJackson so ur saying you'd keep Splitter by matching a $10+ a mill contract when he's only excelled on a contract year?
@Spursfan66 @WOWWOWBAD Heat will be over the luxury tax with other contracts on their payroll. Oden to there on an experiment would be an extremely costly gamble money wise
@rtesoro440 take this for what it's worth:
Per @SamAmicoFSO article: “Others reportedly with a strong interest in Oden include Milwaukee, Chicago, Golden State and San Antonio.”with Baynes, Spurs don't have room for Donte Green anymore since SA will have to move Blair for Baynes. Ryan Richards isn't coming anytime soon with his immaturity and consistent quitting on teams.
@jojo707 you're looking at it from a Splitter vs. Oden standpoint and that's not what this article is about. This article is about the possibility of Oden joining the team if Tiago either commands too much or the team balks at paying him more than he's worth. With Duncan and Diaw next year, Baynes may have made Splitter expendable already anyway if Pop looks at him like a main contributor. that would leave one roster spot open, which could be used for a minimum contract experiment with Greg Oden.
@Spurs 4 life just a possibility. if Splitter over achieves on a contract year (something that happens a lot in the league), he might be too expensive to keep especially if a bad team offers him up a lot of money. also, Baynes might make Splitter expendable with that asking price. we're running a 3 big rotation right now anyway with occasional Jackson at the 4, so keeping all our bigs would probably not be the with the top 3 bigs (Duncan/Diaw/Splitter) getting the majority of the minutes and playing well without Pop moving pieces around too frequently.but like it implies, it's just a possibility. i'm not hoping for a Splitter departure.